25 of the Best 80’s Classic Action Films for Your Movie Marathon

The 1980s was a great decade for movies, especially action movies starring celebrities we know and love today, from Tom Cruise to Arnold Schwarzenegger to Sylvester Stallone.

If you're gearing up for a marathon of 80s classic action films by yourself or with friends and family, an online forum has recently given excellent movie suggestions to get you started. 

Big Trouble in Little China (1986)

Although Big Trouble in Little China was a commercial failure, it garnered positive reviews. It became a cult classic when it was released on home video.

Aliens (1986)

According to some critics, Aliens has some action scenes that may be too intense, so keep that in mind before viewing.

Platoon (1986)

Oliver Stone wrote and directed Platoon from the lens of his experiences as a U.S. infantryman in the Vietnam War to counter the vision of war depicted in John Wayne's The Green Berets, which was released 18 years prior.

Bloodsport (1988)

Bloodsport established Van Damme as a bona fide action star based on the strength of his martial arts skills.

They Live (1988)

They Live is regarded as one of Carpenter's best films. It serves as social commentary on the economic policies of then-U.S. President Ronald Reagan, from whom the term “Reaganomics” was born.

Tron (1982)

The movie gained such a cult following that its world was featured in Kingdom Hearts 2 and spawned the 2010 sequel, Tron: Legacy.

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